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Creative Aging Arts

Karen Starrett


One of the ways we support our local artists is providing affordable low cost studio space allowing them to focus on their craft and grow creatively.


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About Creative Aging Arts

Creative Aging Arts workshops encourage older adults to discover or rediscover their creative capacities while acquiring new skills. Each workshop is based on a person-centered concept similar to what the founder herself uses as she paints. A person-centered concept is one where the participant pulls vision from their creative expression, where only they can determine what the end result of the work will be, and is very personal to the her/him self.  The art activities celebrate individual expression, are meaningful, and provide pleasure. The Creative Aging Arts curriculum includes painting, collage, printmaking, and mixed media. All art materials are water based and of professional quality.


Creative Aging Arts workshops are designed for:

  • Independent adults as part of healthy aging

  • Adults in adult care facilities

  • Monmouth County Park System 

  • Caregivers

*after the Covid 19 vaccination period, individual art workshops will be offered at the Jersey Shore Arts Center.
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About Karen Starrett, Founder of Creative Aging Arts

Karen is an adherent of Gene D. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D, whose 2006 landmark study, “The Creativity and Aging Study” proved professionally conducted sequential arts-learning programs promote better health and disease prevention among older adults who engage in them. 


According to Dr. Cohen’s Study, Older Adults Engaged in Arts Activities:

  • are happier

  • gain a new sense of identity

  • can live at home longer

  • use less medication

  • have lower rate of falls

  • have less doctor visits

  • experiences fewer ADE (adverse side affects) from medications

  • feel less lonely


The Creative Aging Arts curriculum springs from Karen's sensibilities as a visual artist. Many of her ideas for workshops evolve from the work she has done in two and three dimensions—painting, collage, assemblage, monotypes, sculpture—and her frequent visits to museums and galleries.  As an artist, Karen is adept at dealing with the challenges of the creative process and knows how to interact and encourage people to explore the uniqueness of their expressive ideas. Karen’s exhibition history includes solo shows at the Johnson and Johnson Headquarters and the Chauncey Conference Center, Princeton, NJ, in addition to group exhibitions in regional galleries. See more of Karen’s work at


Education / Training

•  BA Art Education, Douglass College

•  Advanced Certification in Gerontology, Rutgers University 

•  Creative Aging Training Institute, The Creative Center:Arts in Healthcare, New York

•  Arts and Aging Core Training, Princeton, sponsored by The National Center for Creative Aging    

•  Hospital Artist-in-Residence Training Institute,The Creative Center:Arts in Healthcare, New York

•  Certified New Jersey art teacher

•  Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP)

•  Maintains Studio Practice/Working Artist

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